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Enjoy a Sunday Afternoon Organ Recital

Wed, 6 March 2013

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On Sunday afternoon, 17th March at 3pm, Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral, will give an organ recital on the Cathedral’s renowned Harrison & Harrison organ.

His programme includes the famous Passacaglia & Fugue by J S Bach, the enchanting and rarely-performed Suite by French composer Jehan Alain – who died in the Second World War at the age of 29 – and the majestic and colourful Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue by Canadian composer Healey Willan. The programme will be complemented by two shorter works – The Carman’s Whistle by William Byrd and – in celebration of St Patrick’s Day – the Intermezzo on the Londonderry Air by Charles Villiers Stanford.

This is the first in this year’s series of occasional Sunday afternoon organ concerts at the Cathedral, and Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music, said ‘Organ music plays a huge part in the life of the Cathedral, and throughout the city through the biennial International Organ Festival. These Sunday recitals, given by the Cathedral’s resident organists and by other organists from around the UK, provide the opportunity to hear a full-length organ concert demonstrating the versatility of the Cathedral’s wonderfully restored organ.’

Recitals later this year are given by Andrew Lucas (Master of the Music), Simon Johnson (Organist and Assistant Director of Music, St Paul’s Cathedral), and there will be a return of the popular Organ Extravaganza in September.

The recital will last around 60 minutes, and a retiring collection will be taken towards the work of the Cathedral Music Department.

Admission free. Retiring collection. Not suitable for small children. For further information: Cathedral Information Desk 01727 860780.

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